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Why Trading Performance Matters

Ryan Watkins, Lead Coach Trading performance is an important part of trading. If a trader has poor performance or great performance, we can use information from a Performance Report to identify key weaknesses and strengths to improve our trading. In this post, I will show you my own personal trading results and how I use […]

The Rise of Crypto Trading and Its Expansion

Daniel X. Bustamante, Co-Founder and Lead Coach In the past few years, especially last year, Crypto trading has been on an amazing rise. While Coronavirus affected the world in more ways than we can understand it also gave birth to a new age of traders: Crypto Traders. The idea of crypto-currencies, really blockchain, has been […]

What Others Can Teach Us About Learning To Trade

Sam Evans, Co-Founder and CEO I love reading quotes, and books and relating them back to the world of trading and investing. A while ago I wrote an article on The Trader’s Mindset and Albert Einstein. It’s worth a read if you missed it. Today, I am going to share some teachings from others and […]

Simple Day Trading Pointers

When you are learning to day trade, it can be daunting to risk your hard-earned money on stocks if you don’t know what to expect. The reality is that it takes education, experience, and practice to get the best trading setups consistently. However, it doesn’t mean that you should be constantly losing money early on […]

Technical Indicators And The Search For The Secret Sauce

By Sam Evans, Co-Founder & CEO Finding your style and grove in trading and investing can be tricky. While markets can only go up, down, or sideways, there are plenty of other things to distract us from this simple dynamic. Economic news, earnings, options, and Reddit boards are just a few. In the search for […]

A Beginners Pocketbook to Day Trading Styles

Learning to day trade is a goal of many people looking to achieve financial freedom an additionalsource of income. Often, those unfamiliar with the concept picture a trader with 6 monitors clicking buttons furiously as they buy and sell securities rapidly. While this image does exist in small capacities, the reality is that there are […]

Fractional Shares? An Easier Way to Invest?

Daniel X. Bustamante, Co-Founder and Lead Coach The markets today are ever-evolving. Many brokerage houses are reducing some trading commissions to zero. Some are offering debit cards for your brokerage account. We are seeing new products and features released all the time. One of those products are ‘Fractional Shares’. I am going to discuss what they […]

4 Best Trading Styles and Tips for Beginners

Being a “trader” is about as broad of a classification for a profession as saying you work in an office. In order to figure out whether the business of trading is something you are interested in, it is important to know the different types of opportunities available.  In the most literal sense, there are dozens […]

Futures Market: Ticker Symbols Decoded

By Ryan Watkins, Lead Coach From the way the ticker symbols are different to the way you trade contracts instead of individual shares, the Futures market is an incredibly unique market to trade. Here at StockAbility™, our preferred vehicle for day trading is futures for many reasons. For a start, life is simpler when you […]

Creating a Trading Plan for Beginners

The stock market is hot right now, and it seems like everyone is ready to dive in and make money. You have probably heard stories about new traders who have taken small amounts and turned them into fortunes, but don’t be fooled – without proper education and a trading plan for beginners, these accounts are […]

How to Trade in the Current Stock Market Environment

The stock market has been on an unprecedented bull run for nearly a decade, and even moderately savvy investors have been able to take advantage of these favorable conditions. Additionally, there has been an influx of new investors who are conditioned to believe that ‘stocks only go up’. However, becoming overconfident while using suboptimal strategies […]

Trading Psychology: Take Time To Reflect

By Sam Evans, Co-Founder and CEO One of the things I learned early on in my trading career was that understanding trading psychology and mastering my mindset was going to be the difference-maker. You see, once you’ve found the right education and you’ve got a good strategy in place, the next step is to follow […]

How to Read a Candlestick Chart for Day Trading

No matter what style of trading you are looking to succeed in, reading a chart is one of the most important base skill sets to have. You are ultimately trying to determine where the price action of a security is going over a certain period of time. Calibrating a chart to be read properly will […]

The Path To Becoming A Skillful Trader

By Sam Evans, Co-Founder and CEO The two questions I get asked most often are “how much can I earn from trading?” and “what does it take to become a skillful trader?” First, let’s address the earning question. There is no true answer to this question. What you can and will earn depends on many […]

Market Brings Profit for Active Traders

The stock market has continued one of the greatest bull runs in its history over recent years, even overcoming a temporary crash in March of 2020. The strength of the market rebound and rise is due to a combination of new money being printed, greater interest and accessibility from casual investors in the stock market, […]

Trend Trading vs. Counter-Trend Trading

By Ryan Watkins, Lead Coach One of the biggest issues traders go through in their trading career is should they trade with the Trend or should they trade Counter-Trend?  I have traded both and I will give you my own personal experience both good and bad. First, we need to look at the main points. […]

It’s Never Too Late to Learn to Trade

Did you know the Amsterdam Stock Exchange was the first market to introduce continuous trade beginning in the early 17th century? Since then, most wealthy developed nations have implemented one or more stock exchanges to represent securities that can be traded in one way or another. Today, trading in many different global markets is one […]

The Coinbase IPO & Earnings: This week on Wall Street

Daniel X. Bustamante – Co-Founder and Lead Coach Last week was interesting on Wall Street. We kicked off earnings season paired with one of the most anticipated listings this year in the Coinbase listing. Let’s start with Coinbase and discuss this company and the general market environment surrounding crypto markets. First, most called this an […]

How Women Can Avoid Another ‘Shecession’

Sam Evans, CEO and Co-Founder The ‘Shecession’ is a new term, coined by C Nicole Mason to describe the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has had on women. Pre the pandemic, COVID-19 women outnumbered men in the workforce. Fast forward to the beginning of this year and not only have women lost more jobs but more than […]

ETFs: True Diversification for the Active Investor

By Sam Evans, Co-Founder & CEO I am well known for my activity in day trading. For the better part of 10 years, this style of speculation has always been best for me. However, that does not mean that I neglect the longer-term movements in the markets. That’s why I’m here to talk ETFs. Personally, […]

Should I Try Day Trading?

Like any other business or occupation, there is a wide range of reasons that people get into day trading. However, given the stress and risk, the goal for most people who try to trade is usually monetary reward and financial freedom. This begs the question – how much do day traders make? The first thing […]

Investing Basics: Passive and Active Investing

By Ryan Watkins, Lead Coach Every trader needs to start somewhere, why not start with the basics, that of passive and active investing? Investing has thousands of words, terms, theories, methods, and intense mathematical formulas.  I will spare you the lesson in advanced mathematical investment models and get to the point of what really matters […]

Using Day Trading Charts Like a Pro

When you are an active trader, the number one element to success is consistently trading good setups. A critical component of a good setup is reading a chart to see if it meets the criteria for taking a trade. These charts can tell you if a stock is at a support zone or resistance zone, […]

The Cost Of No Trading And Investing Education

Sam Evans, Co-Founder and CEO Let’s talk about trading and investing education. These days, you can find pretty much anything online. Need instructions on something? Look on YouTube. Want to learn how to trade and invest for yourself? Look online. The internet is filled with people sharing their knowledge on trading for free or at […]

Becoming An Active Stock Trader

The stock market plays an integral role in most American’s investing future. Retirement accounts are usually based around it, and many people will buy and hold stocks as a way to leverage their extra capital. However, there is a significant upside to be had if you can be an active stock trader, otherwise known as […]

Short Selling: Is It Causing A Problem In The Markets?

Daniel X. Bustamante, Co-Founder and Lead Coach So recently I read this article here from the Robinhood CEO discussing short-selling. His idea is that maybe short-selling should be limited or rather not being allowed to short over and over. He made an argument that they could only be shorted once.  First, let me start by […]

Day Trading 101: 4 Tips for Beginners

We are in one of the longest and most successful bull market runs in stock market history. As a result, day trading is one of the most popular endeavors for people to try to make some extra income or even develop a career. However, most people fail to realize that trading stocks or any other […]

Market Volatility: Understanding Risk and Reward

By Sam Evans, Co-Founder & CEO In recent weeks the major stock indices have lacked a clear direction, yet we have definitely seen a major increase in volatility. Looking at Dow Jones industrial average, at the end of January the average daily movement was around 300 points, yet today is almost 450 points. While most […]

What is the Best Trading Setup?

When you are day or swing trading stocks as a source of income, having the proper resources and tools to make decisions accurately over time is crucial. Many of the most profitable moves or savviest opportunities are made by identifying the specific criteria for taking a trade – otherwise known as a setup. If you […]

Finding The Trading Style That Suits You

By Ryan Watkins, Lead Coach There a number of different styles of trading. Every trader needs to find the most effective and most efficient way to trade or invest.  It can make the difference between making it as a trader or not making it as a trader. Some of the best traders have found their […]

Learn to Trade Stocks as a Business

In the digital age of stock trading, it is easier than ever to dive right into the market. You can be set up on a mobile platform or web-based broker in minutes, and be buying your first stock soon after. Unfortunately, without the proper education and mentality, you can also find yourself losing money quickly. […]

Robinhood: The New-Age Day Traders

Daniel X. Bustamante, Co-Founder and Lead Coach I was recently forwarded an article detailing how a school teacher lost 90% of his savings trading on Robinhood. Last year, I had the unfortunate pleasure of reading about a 20-year old that ended his life due to an error on his Robinhood app. It was angering. Yet, […]

Day Trading Options for Beginners

There are many different asset classes that beginning day traders can become proficient in to maximize their profits. Options trading requires patience, risk tolerance, and an understanding of securities contracts in order to be successful. If you are looking to build an account from a hobby into a serious avenue for income and wealth creation, […]

How Rules-Based Is Your Trading?

By Sam Evans, Co-Founder and CEO I recently held a Wellness Water Cooler session with our students. The main subject was on the consistency of mindset. I asked our students ‘to ask themselves this question, ‘How rules-based is your trading’? Luckily, due to our teachings, many of them said they were following their rules. That they […]

7 Tips for Setting up the Perfect Trading Desk

Sam Evans, Co-Founder and CEO When it comes to setting up your trading desk, there is no one-size-fits-all. While we emphasize that simplicity is key, it does come down to personal preference. The goal, no matter your preference, is to create an environment that is conducive to implementing your trading and investing strategy effectively.    […]

The GameStop Fiasco, and Short Squeezes

Daniel X. Bustamante, Co-Founder and Lead Coach You must be living under a rock If you haven’t seen or read about the GameStop trade. It has caught the attention of the world at large, governments, and people who have little to no care about the markets. For me, in 15 years of doing this, it […]

Looking for a New Side Hustle? It could be Options Trading

Daniel X. Bustamante, Co-Founder and Lead Coach In the past 4-6 years, we’ve seen an incredible shift in the way the world is connected and works, partly due, to technology. Many times we can learn a subject better from someone on YouTube in the Midwest than a Yale professor can teach it. For better, or […]

How to Read an Option Chain, Part Two: Moneyness

By Ryan Watkins, Lead Coach This article is a follow up to Part One that can be found here.  Let’s continue our topic of How to Read an Option Chain.  In the first article, we learnt how to read and use an option such as where the Put and Call are located. We also look […]

Exploring the Darker Side of Online Trading Communities

By Sam Evans, Co-Founder & CEO In this article, I am going to touch on the darker side of online trading communities. First, let’s look at the pros of communities and learning from others. One of the very first things I was taught as a young adult, was that there is power in learning from […]

Financial Markets: 2020 Year in Review

Daniel X. Bustamante, Co-Founder and Lead Coach Well….where do we start. I am not sure what to make of 2020 for the financial markets and the world as a whole. It’s been a rough year for almost everyone with the virus and we’ve learned a new way of living, for better, or worse. I’ll spare […]

How to Read an Option Chain, Part One

By Ryan Watkins, Lead Coach Options can be complex, but they can also be simple if you want them to be.  In our OptionsAbilities Course we teach some very simple strategies. One of the analysis tools every option trader must know how to use is an Option Chain. In the first of a two-part series, I’m […]

A Practical Guide to Candlesticks and Candlestick Patterns

By Sam Evans, Co-Founder & CEO What are candlestick patterns? Put the term into a search engine and you’ll get a ton of hits. If you have searched the term it means you’re interested in learning more, and I’m all for that. It has been said that an investment in yourself is by far the […]

Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) Basics – A Short Guide

Daniel X. Bustamante, Co-Founder and Lead Coach Exchange-Traded Funds, or ETF’s as they are commonly referred to, are arguably Wall Street’s most popular products to trade. Each year, new ETFs come and go. The volumes that are used on them are just incredible. More recently the addition of Tesla Motors into the S&P 500 (SPY) […]

The Pros and Cons of Technical Analysis

By Ryan Watkins, Lead Coach Technical analysis has been around for an exceptionally long time. In fact, Joseph de la Vega talks about it in his book (the first book ever written on the stock exchange business in 1688). It is used by traders and investors of all levels. From famous traders to hedge fund […]

Trading Psychology and Overcoming Fear

By Sam Evans, Co-Founder & CEO What could be more pertinent, not just for trading and investing, but in all areas of our life than learning to control our emotions? Sometimes, it’s good to let our emotions out… and sometimes it’s not. When it comes to trading psychology, fear is a powerful emotion. Fear has […]

What is Swing Trading and is it better than Day Trading?

Daniel X. Bustamante, Co-Founder and Lead Coach For beginner traders, it’s easy to get caught up in the lingo of trading. What’s better, what’s not etc., and one of those items is swing trading. It’s a term that is thrown around a lot with no real definition per se. What I mean by that is […]

Investing under a Joe Biden presidency

By Sam Evans, Co-Founder & CEO Finally, we have a winner. After a roller-coaster week with the highest electoral turnout since 1968, Joe Biden was finally declared 46th president of the United States of America this weekend. With a big sigh of relief, we can now move on to a new era of leadership and […]

Retirement Strategies and Day Trading your IRA

Daniel X. Bustamante, Co-Founder and Lead Coach Let’s talk about retirement. This is a tough subject because there are so many options. Some great, and some not so great. In this article, I’ll cover some basics about IRAs and some of the rules and regulations that go with them. Traditional IRA and Roth IRA An […]

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of Day Trading

By Sam Evans, Co-Founder & CEO When it comes to the world of trading and investing, most people are naturally drawn to the idea of being a “Day Trader”. If you are unfamiliar with the term, then it simply describes someone who attempts to enter and exit the financial markets for short periods of time […]

Five Things to Know When You Start Options Trading

Daniel X. Bustamante, Co-Founder And Lead Coach Long ago… in a galaxy far far away. Alright, just joking, but really, many years ago I began as a futures trader. Yes, I traded futures as a proprietary trader at the age of 23. This was my entry into Wall Street and the world of trading. Now, […]

What’s The Secret To Trading Success?

By Sam Evans, Co-Founder & Lead Coach I have met many traders looking for the secret sauce. The truth is that there is no secret to trading success. In my opinion, there are key factors and elements which go towards making and building the complete trader and investor. One of them is accepting that loss […]

Daniel X. Bustamante’s Q4 Market Outlook

Daniel X. Bustamante, Co-Founder And Lead Coach The final quarter of the year is here already and so I thought it an apt time to put together a market outlook article. I think most of us are glad we are in the final quarter of 2020… what a year it has been! Covid-19 has impacted […]

The Trader’s Mindset and Albert Einstein

By Sam Evans, Co-Founder & Lead Coach It has been over sixty years since the great Albert Einstein passed away. He left us with some exceptional work and some amazing quotes that resonate to this day. We can apply these quotes to trading and specifically the trader’s mindset. If for some reason, you have never […]

Common Pitfalls Faced by Amateur Investors

By Sam Evans, Co-Founder & Lead Coach The world has changed in many ways over the last 50 years. Yet, in the world of retail trading and investing it seems like the messages today remain the same. A few weeks ago, in my last article, I discussed the misconceptions that amateur investors (and seasoned investors) […]

Principles for Growing a Small Options Account

By Daniel Bustamante, Co-Founder and Lead Coach I have long been an advocate for trading a small options account, especially for those new to trading. The concepts that we teach are straightforward but consistent. Even better, they work for small accounts.  It really comes down to having a blueprint for small account trading as well […]

The True Cost of A Rising Stock Market

By Sam Evans, Co-Founder and Lead Coach The equity market during August historically experiences the “summer doldrums.” Widely regarded as a time to have little expectations of significant market activity, the month of August itself is usually seen as the quiet time of the stock market calendar. This year with COVID-19 and its global economic […]

Swing Trading: Defining a Swing Trade

By Daniel Bustamante, Co-Founder and Lead Coach For beginner traders, it is easy to get caught up in the lingo of trading. What is better, what’s not etc., and one of those items is swing trading. It is a term that is thrown around a lot with no real definition as such. What I mean […]

Mixing Fact with Fiction: The Dangers of Demo Trading

By Sam Evans, Co-Founder and Lead Coach Today I thought I would write about the role of demo trading/demo accounts. I have been writing articles about the financial markets for well over a decade. I am aware that the people who read my articles, come with a truly varied degree of trading experience. Everyone from […]

The Real Secret to Better Trading and Investing

By Sam Evans, Co-Founder and Lead Coach There are many misconceptions about trading and investing in the financial markets. While speculation has its merits, most people do not want to talk about the potential downside to it as well. It can be very risky without the right education and your journey in the markets can […]

A Smarter Way to Trade Around the News

By Sam Evans, Co-Founder and Lead Coach When we are speculating in today’s markets, it is easy to think that studying economic data and paying attention to fundamental analysis is vital to success. After all, why wouldn’t we want to make sure that we were aware of anything that could affect the price of our […]

The Trader Case Study

By Sam Evans, Co-Founder and Lead Coach As a trader, I have pretty much been doing the same thing for over a decade. That being using price action to determine value and find wholesale and retail zones for trades and then managing them according to my rules-based plan. Market speculation in the global markets is […]

Protecting your Retirement Accounts with Options

By Daniel Bustamante, Co-Founder and Lead Coach When investors in both the retail and institutional space look to purchase insurance and protect portfolios they usually turn to the options markets. The reason being is because it can be easy to quantify what needs to be hedged and build a portfolio that could be classified as […]

The Need for a Good Market Routine

By Daniel Bustamante, Co-Founder and Lead Coach I think too many times we get caught up in discussing the best stocks to buy, what indicators to use, and other items that we forget possibly the most important one, routine.  Routine gives us structure in our lives and allows us to be more efficient in what […]

A Start-Up Guide to Options

By Daniel Bustamante, Co-Founder and Lead Coach We like options and we think you should too. In this short article, we are going to do a mini introduction lesson about them to get your options knowledge going. ​Options are conditional derivative-based contracts that allow buyers of the contracts (option holders) to buy or sell a security at […]

Understanding Blind Risk

By Daniel Bustamante, Co-Founder and Lead Coach Blind risk is what we do when we do not realize the risk at hand. Sort of like your 401K or retirement accounts. The ones that you hand over, check maybe once a year, and then hope that there’s enough there when you retire. That is a blind risk.  […]

The World of Forex Explained

By Sam Evans, Co-Founder and Lead Coach Trading stocks is often what comes to mind when people think about trading and investing. However, there are other ways to take part in the financial markets. By far the simplest and easiest place to start for most is the Forex market. Forex stands for Foreign Exchange. Rather […]

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